Hồ Xuân Hương and Spring Essence


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John Balaban's book, Spring Essence: the Poetry of Hồ Xuân Hương, has created a new surge of interest in the 18th century concubine famous for her craft as a Vietnamese poet.

The American Poetry Review has published an article about Hồ Xuân Hương, along with selected translations of her poems.

The Vietnamese Press has also reviewed Spring Essence in English (from Nhân Dan) and in Vietnamese (Diễn Đàn).

NPR's Fresh Air (with audio) and Barnes and Noble interviewed Balaban about Spring Essence and Hồ Xuân Hương.

The Nôm Foundation has a scanned image of an article in Vietnamese (from Sàigòn Tiếp Thị) about Hồ Xuân Hương.


--Cyclical palindrome composed by Emperor Thiệu Trị, 1848